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Our 7 Day 6 Nights Taiwan Child Friendly Itinerary Preview

Here's a preview of our Taiwan Child Friendly Itinerary for our trip to Taiwan earlier this month in May 2017. You can click on the respective days for a detailed post.

And so we finally embarked on our journey to Taiwan onboard Singapore Airlines! Thanks to Singapore Airlines 70th Anniversary promo, we decided to splurge a little on the air tickets. The air tickets cost about $1,440 for 2 adults and 1 3.5 yr old.


We spent a total of 7 days 6 nights in Taiwan altogether. But in order to make our Taiwan trip more child-friendly, relaxing,  and to cut down on travelling time, we merely visited the North part of Taiwan primarily - Hsinchu, Yilan and Taipei.

It's never easy travelling with a young one, hence we should not be too ambitious when it comes to planning your Taiwan Child Friendly itinerary. Good thing is, Mr Keir and I have always preferred a chillax itinerary. We're not the type of tourist who loves to jam pack the full day and visit 101 attractions in a trip.

We engag…
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Our BTO Reno Journey

Our BTO is finally ready for keys collection after a 4-year hiatus. It's definitely one of the HDB BTO projects which took the longest time to complete despite it being a small development of just 4 blocks.  I'll be using this page to document our 4 room BTO Renovation Journey.

HDB Cement Screeding

We're lucky in the sense that we applied for our BTO in 2014, just months before HDB announces that they will stop providing cement screeding out of goodwill.  So we managed to do an appeal at HDB Branch office and have it done for us. The goodwill cement screeding provided by HDB is up till 40 mm only whereas you will need a height of 50 mm for vinyl hence the contractor will quote you estimated SGD900 additional for a 4 room BTO like ours. Lead time takes up to 4 weeks upon submission of the form to HDB branch office.
You can only submit the form upon HDB defects rectification completion.

So on 9 October 2018, we finally collected our keys and did our BTO Door Opening Ceremony…

BTO Keys Collection and BTO Door Opening Ceremony

And so after a long 4 years wait, our BTO is finally ready for keys collection. To be honest we totally forgot about out BTO and was pleasantly surprised to receive an SMS from HDB to inform us of our BTO keys collection date. That was when we frantically tried to hunt for an ID.

Ok to cut the story short, here's what happened on the BTO keys collection day as well as what we did for our "BTO Door Opening Ceremony". There really wasn't an official BTO door opening ritual or ceremony in fengshui.

I guess this is just a Singapore custom. Though we do not have a religion, in particular, we just did it for an ease of mind.




BTO Key Collection Process at HDB
Time took: less than an hour

It was a very straightforward and easy process. Here's what you need to prepare, assuming that you are taking the loan from HDB.


Identity cardsMarriage certificate if you are buying a flat under the FiancĂ©/FiancĂ©e Scheme Certificate of insurance (You must buy fire insurance from HDB'…

Kid-Friendly Accommodation with slides in Tainan and Kaohsiung

Taiwan is such a kid's friendly place and one of the top travel destinations Singaporeans. Easy communication, a fantastic array of food with its bustling night markets, lots of kid-friendly attractions and the only country I know of with an amazing number of kids friendly accommodation
By this definition, I'm referring to accommodations with slides, ball pit and lots of play feature for kids. 
Totally the very reasons why we love Taiwan so much, we visited Taiwan in May 2017, did an Okinawa-Taiwan trip in March 2018 and this time around, we intended to fly directly to Kaohsiung in November 2018.
Our previous trips to Taiwan has been saturated at just the North Taiwan and near the outskirts of Taipei, as we already have intentions to fly directly to Kaohsiung, South Taiwan should we want to visit the southern part of Taiwan.
And so that got me started with another Kid-friendly accommodation with slides in both Kaohsiung and Tainan. I was astounded by the variety and number …

Okinawa Self Drive Trip Kids Friendly Itinerary Day 5

Day 5 of our 8 Day 7 Night Okinawa Self-drive Trip with Kids Itinerary via Taiwan


Check out of Marine Piazza hotel at 9 amAshibina Outlet Mall2:30 pm return rental car at Toyota Rent a Car, Naha airport branch16:40 hrs Depart for Taiwan via Peach AirlinesWe only have half a day in Okinawa today and as we stay all the way to the North in Nago area which is some 2 hours away from NAHA airport, we need to check out of the hotel and leave early.


We managed to have breakfast and checked out of our hotel at 9 am according to plan. The Okinawa Expressway was relatively empty and super easy to drive. Just 1 straight road. It took as less than 1.5 hours to reach NAHA area.

Ashibina Outlet is located 10-15 minutes from NAHA airport so you can make this your last stop. Most car rental companies have an outlet near NAHA airport as well so you can pop by to return your rental cars before heading to the airport. Most of them provide free shuttle services to the airport.
Looking really really grumpy
So Sti…

Okinawa Self Drive Trip Kids Friendly Itinerary Day 4

Day 4 of our 8 Day 7 Night Okinawa Self-drive Trip with Kids Itinerary via Taiwan 



Churaumi Aquarium ( 5mins drive)Dolphin Programme at Motobu Genki VillageWent back to Marine Piazza to rest (sticky bean fell sick)Aeon Shopping Mall Nago for dinner and supermarket shopping
We had a great night sleep at Marine Piazza Hotel and woke up bright and early today. Our target is to get to Churaumi Aquarium early in the morning to avoid the crowd.

Breakfast at Marine Piazza Hotel was a decent affair and if you ask me, I'd prefer the breakfast served at Okinawa Grand Mer resort, the porridge there was so flavourful. But you get to enjoy the beautiful sea view at breakfast here at Marine Piazza Hotel.






Sticky Bean didn't eat much at breakfast, it was only until much later that we realised that was because she is starting to feel ill =(.

We went back to our room to dress up and get ready to leave for Churaumi Aquarium, located a 5 minutes drive away from Marine Piazza.

Unfortunately, it was a gl…